Dawncaster: Deckbuilding RPG 9+

An Epic Cardventure

Rick van der Wal

    • $4.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Dive into the dark world of the Aethos and test your deck-building skills in this epic RPG Cardventure! Now with 150+ new cards.

Play as a cunning rogue, a brutal warrior, or a mysterious Seeker wielding arcane magic. Or create your own class and play as who- or whatever you want to be! Start playing today, create a unique deck with access to over 300 cards and see how far you can venture into the corrupted lands of Umbris.


Every step of your heroic journey offers new tactical choices to improve your deck and strategy. Collect cards that match your playstyle, avoid disastrous events and build your strategy before the forces of evil overwhelm you.


Dawncaster offers unique mechanics to even the most veteran card game players. Though most of the gameplay should feel familiar, the ability to combine class mechanics into deck building, weapons, enchantments, and its unique energy system are exciting additions to the card game genre!


Discover the mystery of the missing ‘Dawncaster’, a hero of legend who has been lost in the corrupted realm of Umbris. Slay monsters and explore the darkest depths of a desperate world through handcrafted illustrations, dialogue and shape its future through your choices.


Dawncaster is offered as a complete deck builder cardgame. You get access to all cards, classes, and content with your purchase. No need to buy packs, tokens, or waste time on timers or ads. Future content will be offered through expansions at the same, single price per adventure kind of deal.


With randomized encounters, unique classes, and choices to explore, playtime could easily reach the tens of hours for those that enjoy a challenge! Additional difficulty options are available for those that seek to push the limits of their strategic insight (and/or luck).


As a (very) small indie development studio we’d love to hear from you on our discord server. Drop in, give us your feedback and/or support, and get involved in the next step for Dawncaster.

Discord: https://discord.com/invite/pfeMG9c
Website: https://dawncaster.wanderlost.games

What’s New

Version 1.5.13

* Seeded runs! Enter a unique code to get the same options as anyone else on the same seed.
* Fixed an issue with symbol parsing to certain non-English languages
* Various card changes and balance changes.
* Various UI updates and changes
* Various bugfixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 Ratings

CorpseEater81 ,


I’m loving this deck builder so much, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase expansions or maybe a variant on the gameplay formula such as a Sci-Fi Fantasy or possibly a Cyberpunk theme, if the Developer considers it. From playing various other card games, this game mostly reminds me of Ascension, MTG, and Fate Hunters. What works for me here is that I can play at it at my own leisure, solo without any human competition. The game has high replay value as you get to level up and unlock various items among the 7 classes you can choose from. Dying on your first few runs is not a penalty but rather a means of learning what your facing up against when it comes to the enemies you’ll encounter and the various card types you can choose from or whether or not you should accept certain cards as you’re building your deck. NO IAP IN ORDER TO PROGRESS IN THE GAME. It’s a pure premium game that screams the quality most mobile gamers are searching for. The atmosphere, music, sound effects, and artwork stand out and are very well done. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of deck building games. It didn’t take me long to pick up the game’s first expansion, after doing a few runs. Trust that you will lose track of time playing it. Pure fun!

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the support @CorpseEater81!

braktheitalian ,

Excellent game, active community

No microtransactions or ads!

This game is challenging, highly engaging, and can be played one-handed. It strikes an intriguing balance between randomness and player control.

Progression is linear from low to high numbered areas. Each combat area includes an encounter deck that consists of Enemies, Shops, Rests, and fleeting Opportunities. The player is presented with 3 cards from the encounter deck (similar to Night of the Full Moon) and must choose 1 to proceed. Each combat area has a boss at the end.

Combat consists of playing cards. Each card had an energy color and cost. The player can generate energy in different colors based on stats (Dex, Int, Str). Pay the energy costs to play the cards. The enemy also has energy and a small deck of cards. Enemy actions are telegraphed by the cardback icons. Beware of black cardbacks! Upon victory, the player is presented with gold, XP, and 3 cards. Choose 1 card to add to your deck or skip.

After the player XP bar fills, the player gains a Talent. Talents are ongoing passive effects. Talents may increase a stat, upgrade card damage, add or remove combat status effects, etc.

I have played this game from early iterations and have now come to expect the developers to recognize, respond to, and incorporate good suggestions into future updates. The Discord (linked in the app) is an active and helpful place. Though the game is single-player, the Discord community adds a social element.

Pillow Man DX ,

Very good but game breaking bug

If you read this, this probably won’t affect you and you should definitely try out this game. But to the devs, I left the game while the card upgrade thing was going on, and I when I restarted the game(also after downloading the new update) now the game won’t so anything. It opens up, and brings up the area title card, but it does nothing from there. It also doesn’t save, since the run duration keeps resetting every time I go back to the menu. Please fix this, as I had a rally good run going, and was literally about the face the final boss. My thoughts would be that some variable to spawn the cards never got turned off or on? Like maybe the game thinks it’s still waiting for me the select a card to upgrade, so it doesn’t spawn them in? Just food for thought.

Edit: Well, I gave up on the run, but thanks anyways for fixing it! Hope you have a great day!

Developer Response ,

Hey Pillow Man DX - so sorry for the late reply! We did run into an issue with Card Upgrades causing a potential issue in specific scenario's. This has since been patched but it might have prevented you from finishing a potentially successful run. Our apologies for the inconvenience and no doubt frustrating experience!

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